Advanced economies such as Sudan, Iraq, Somalia & Zimbabwe took high honors at the top of the rankings, with Sudan leading the prestigious rankings as the most Failed State. Sri Lanka was given good competition by Yemen and the Republic of Congo who ranked 24th and 26th respectively.
Reacting to the rankings, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that this ranking shows that the country is clearly headed towards the development goals set in the Mahinda Chinthana. "If not for the treasonic actions of a few disgruntled elements who are sympathizing with the LTTE, we would have been able to be number one" Rajapaksa is reported to have said.
When questioned about the "Asian" friends in the list, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said that he was happy to see Pakistan in the list, and acknowledged that Sri Lanka would strive to achieve the high standards set by that country. However, he also expressed disappointment that India, China and Japan -- all considered close friends of Sri Lanka, have not made a serious effort to be in this list. "As Asian countries, it is important that we recognize the unity of our brotherhood and strive for the greater goals together. Otherwise, the terrorists win -- and that's not fair" added Gotabhaya.
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